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Film Info
  • Year: 2017
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Runtime: 96 mins
  • Color
  • Language: Swiss-German
  • Subtitles: English


Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, her frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Her newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and the potential end to her marriage, but, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike...and makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.

THE DIVINE ORDER opened in theaters on October 27, 2017.

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The Divine Order is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo or call 212-274-1989.

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Petra Volpe

Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe studied at the Film Academy Konrad Wolf in Potsdam Babelsberg. During her studies she wrote and directed several short films. Since completing her diploma in 2003 she has worked as an independent writer and director. Petra Volpe lives in Berlin and New York. Petra Volpe's debut film Dreamland was released in Swiss cinemas in the spring of 2014 after a successful festival tour and was nominated for four Swiss Film Awards.



Nora                               Marie Leuenberger

Hans                               Max Simonischek

Theresa                          Rachel Braunschweig

Vroni                              Sibylle Brunner

Graziella                         Marta Zoffoli

Magda                            Bettina Stucky

Gottfried                         Peter Freiburghaus

Mrs. Dr. Wipf                  Therese Affolter

Hanna                             Ella Rumpf

Werner                           Nicholas Ofczarek

Indra                               Sofia Helin




Writer & Director            Petra Volpe

Producers                      Reto Schaerli

                                       Lukas Hobi

Cinematographer            Judith Kaufmann

Editor                              Hansjörg Weissbrich

Music                              Annette Focks

Production Designer       Su Erdt

Costume                         Linda Harper

Make-up                         Jean Cotter

Sound                             Patrick Storck

Head of Production        Claude Witz

Production Manager       Sarah Bossard

Casting                           Ruth Hirschfeld

                                       Corinna Glaus


A Zodiac Films Production

“Incisive...Stirring...The Divine Order is both a celebration...and a gentle reminder that sometimes it just takes one person to stand up, call bullshit, and get that snowball rolling.” – April Wolfe, The Village Voice
“Inspired and inspiring... A model for the kind of political struggle that’s now needed more than ever.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“Entertaining….affecting and diverting!” – Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“An unexpected delight.” – Ren Jender, The Village Voice
“A mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.” – Nick Schager, Variety
“Volpe’s... light touch with even the weightiest dramatic material should earn her greater attention... The Divine Order crucially underscores how personal experiences almost always help shape, and drive, larger political movements, and how progress isn’t a zero-sum game of continuous woke-ness, but a journey that sometimes drags its champions along with it, whether they’re ready or not.” – Todd Gilchrist, The Wrap

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